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Kon Tiki for Spring Time Fun In The AZ Sun April 22nd; Along with Smugglers Inn Recapture 21-23rd
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Joined: Jun 20, 2003
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From: Island Oasis Backyard (So Cal)
Posted: 2006-04-26 11:41 pm   Permalink

A few more cents to say thanks to everyone...especially the cheeky's for the wonderful cocktail party!! ! It was all oodles of fun! Lovely to meet you all and look forward to seeing you all at Oasis next week!

oh, and the final count was 44.

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Joined: Feb 24, 2005
Posts: 1948
From: TheSoccerTikiGrotto, Island of LongBeach
Posted: 2006-04-27 3:32 pm   Permalink

Finally caught up on sleep from Tucson!!!! Thanks again Louie, Marco, the Kon Tiki waitresses, Maggie and Mark! You are all consummate hosts! What? Did someone say Phoenix in June for the Trader Vic's opening????

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Joined: Aug 03, 2003
Posts: 47
From: Scorchin' Hot Phoenix, AZ
Posted: 2006-04-27 7:14 pm   Permalink

According to the Valley Ho (where Trader Vics will be located), the expected opening date is June 4th.


The hotel looks amazing!!!!

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Tiki Mo Fo
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Joined: Oct 16, 2003
Posts: 93
From: A Desert Oasis
Posted: 2006-04-27 7:31 pm   Permalink

I am ready for Trader's....... However, I will be in LA that weekend. Anyone interested in the weekend after? Let me know.

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Joined: Sep 04, 2004
Posts: 118
From: Phoenix
Posted: 2006-04-27 10:34 pm   Permalink

Hey Soccer! Glad to see you made it back and got some rest!
Looks like you're in good shape for Oasis!


Oh wait, that's WooHoo's line

As for the Valley Ho, you're right VW, it IS amazing! Very cool, hip and retro....swank even! I've had a few groups in there this year and they were absolutely delighted. And their site does say the 4th and they have been using that date for some time, but their opening dates have been fluid for a while, so we might want to consider letting them get past the opening kinks before we make our appearance....especially since the 4th is a Sunday....but it's up to ya'll. (and if we wait until the next week, Mo Fo can join us...yippee! )

I'll see what I can do to secure a room block at a decent rate and keep everyone posted. As for the 4th, I'll do some sleuthing tomorrow and let y'all know what I find out.

Just to get a sense of the number of folks who might be interested, how many of y'all would like to come out? PM me if you are up for it, that way I can get a count and can try to negotiate a better rate (cheaper hotel means more $$$ for Lapu Lapus!!) If folks came for the weekend, we could hit a few places in addition to Trader Vic's, like the venerable Bikini Lounge and the neo-tiki Drift....

I'll see if I can't catch up with AJ to get the real scoop on any opening festivities (that the public can join)and let y'all know.

I work in the industry here in Phoenix and was invited to the opening party in December. It was pretty groovy, and they weren't even in full swing yet!!

You know, I am really looking forward to seeing how Trader Vic's will be "reinterpreted" (their words, not mine) by their Chef Charles (Chuck?)Wiley.

He's got some culinary cred' in that he's done a super job with the hotel's current restaurant, Cafe Zuzu (the meatloaf is DIVINE and I HATE meatloaf) and is also behind elements at Sanctuary...so I'm interested to see what he'll do with Vic's...hope he doesn't "reinterpret" it too much :eek.

I'm just happy to have Trader Vic's back...Hey, maybe we can get C'Al to come too...I am sure he remembers the original TV's in Scottsdale.

And Maggie....maybe I can talk Dr Z into joining us so I can finally get you that drink I owe you. Since I don't think we're going to make it to Oasis this year (Boyd's got a TON of work these days), that may be my only opportunity, since I don't think I can fit him Dr Z into a box .

Anyway, I'll let youz know what I find out...and if anyone else has some details, feel free to share .

Trader Vic's....here we come!!

[ This Message was edited by: tiki-tina 2006-04-27 22:50 ]

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crazy al
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Joined: Jun 25, 2002
Posts: 1872
From: CA
Posted: 2006-04-27 10:35 pm   Permalink

ok... so why are there no other shots up like these with all the TCers buzzing up and down Speed Way Blvd.

hey...my shirt was buttoned all night till it was unbuttoned for me......

any way... has this place been posted on Finding tiki????? why not...

and this vid of Holden's insident... i told him to stop monkeying with sh!t....

this a block away

Ben i wish i had time to post cool pics of your work, but who wants to see that anyway

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The Sperm Whale
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Joined: Aug 23, 2004
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From: Lakewood California
Posted: 2006-04-27 10:39 pm   Permalink

Sweet pic's Crazy Al - you so crazy!!!

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Joined: Sep 04, 2004
Posts: 118
From: Phoenix
Posted: 2006-04-27 10:59 pm   Permalink

Those are classic, Al.....
As Spermy said, you so Crazy!

(Never seen that big Moai looking so good!)

Actually, went to high school in Tucson, and
boy, do I have stories about the top o' that
tiki....but that's a whole other thread.

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5859
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2006-04-27 11:15 pm   Permalink

Wish I made the event dude

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2989
From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2006-04-28 10:50 am   Permalink

Crazy Al brings you "Tiki Girls Gone Wild!"

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Joined: Feb 28, 2006
Posts: 4
Posted: 2006-04-28 4:53 pm   Permalink

hey b-ben finally figured out this post thing! first of all let me start off by thanking everyone that made it out to our grand re-dedication party. it was totally awesome meeting everyone and making new friends. if it wasn't for you all it wouldn't have been such a success. woohoowahine and soccertiki, thanks for getting everybody set up at the smugglers and showing us how to party! to the cheeky's, thanks for the beautiful mosaic can't wait to display it. ( will post pics soon ) MUCHOS GRATZI to bamboo ben for the incredible work and the " good times ". mrs. boo it was a pleasure meeting you, me and the mrs. loved hangin' out. thanks doug horne for the amazing artwork of the l.e. mug and picture. last but not least THANK YOU Holden, you da man for making this happen brah! it would have never been done without you. can't wait to see you all again next year????

p.s. thanks to the smokin' menehunes and c'al for the great entertainment.


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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7918
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2006-04-28 7:21 pm   Permalink


On 2006-04-28 16:53, tikilou wrote:
hey b-ben finally figured out this post thing!

Oh crap! There goes the neighborhood!!


Welcome aboard Big Lou!!!

Are there going to be any "Kon Tiki Tucson Reps" at Oasis this year??

p.s. hows the ghost???


Bamboo Ben
Tiki Bars I've designed/built. TikiCat, Royal Hawaiian, Kona Club, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Don the Beachcomber,Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson, Tiki No,etc....

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cheeky half
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Joined: Nov 22, 2002
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2006-04-29 5:37 pm   Permalink

Here are a few more pics from our great night at the Kon Tiki. We can't make Oasis this year, but hopefully we'll see you guys at the Trader Vic's opening.

Here you go crazy al.


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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 442
Posted: 2006-04-30 12:32 pm   Permalink

haha, that last pic of the two big guys that looks like they were in bar-room brawl is awesome. They were out of town rugby players, fresh from a match.
I met them out in front of ther bar.
They looked kinda intimidating but they were both extremely cool!
Check out the shiner on number one & the goose egg on the second guys forehead...ouch!!!
I can only imagine what the other guys looked like.

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Joined: Apr 25, 2006
Posts: 8
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2006-04-30 1:20 pm   Permalink

Cool story, those guys are from Seattle. One of the guys on there team used to work the door for us. His name is Kone' one of the best guys you will ever meet. He didn't make the trip back but told his buddies to come and visit the Kon Tiki. ( I guess it's only cool to us)
Good Times!

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